Half Term at the National Memorial Arboretum

Written by: Elmtree Press

Arboretum launches packed programme of February half-term activities with a Photographic theme

The Arboretum’s 150-acre site in Staffordshire is one of the most beautiful visitor sites in the UK and a haven for photographers; that's why we're inviting budding photographers and little explorers to capture the splendour of the Arboretum this February half-term with a range of photography-related activities.
The programme of primarily free of charge activities will run from 10am to 3pm, from Saturday 11 February to Sunday 26 February and will kick off with ‘Put yourself in the picture’ which runs from Saturday 11 - Sunday 26 February.
Families can explore the Arboretum's beautiful landscape and capture some of the perfect shots we've “framed”. Our giant frames are perfect for capturing that family selfie and younger visitors can dress up as an Arctic explorer with our exploration accessories and put themselves well and truly in the picture.
Monday 13 February until 24 February 10.30am until 3pm 'Get in the Frame' with Children's Craft' where the perfect photograph needs the perfect frame! Children can use the Arboretum as inspiration to create their own special photograph frame. All materials will be supplied and our learning team will be on hand to show them how to get that perfect finish. FREE. Donations appreciated.
On Thursday 23 February 10am until 3pm, families can join professional photographer Alison Fawdrey for a fun-packed day to learn how to get the most out of their smartphone or tablet's camera. Taking place both inside and out, children will have the opportunity to explore the Arboretum for that perfect 'pic' with their newly acquired skills.
Participants will be awarded with a certificate of attendance and encouraged to enter their work into the Arboretum’s new photography competition. £5 per child. Adults FREE. Booking essential.
Story Telling sessions will run from Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 February. At intervals between 10.30am - 3pm families can join the “Polar Exploration” led by our costumed Polar Explorer to hear tales of historic expeditions to the north and south poles. Children will be fascinated to listen to the amazing stories of famous explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Scott of Antarctic, and tales of polar bear encounters won't disappoint in these family-friendly accounts.  FREE. Donations appreciated.
Children are encouraged to dress for the occasion in their exploration attire as our on-site selfie frames will provide the perfect photo opportunity as a keepsake for their expedition to the Arboretum.
The Arboretum’s 2017 Photography Competition is not to be missed.  With moody skies and low-lying sun, February half term will be the perfect time to take some photographs for the contest.  
Until 6 March visitors can see the Changing Landscapes Exhibition - The National Memorial Arboretum Then and Now, showcasing images of the Arboretum in its early days, alongside recent photographs taken from the same spot.
Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum, said: “The Arboretum is a wonderful place for children to explore and learn.  The 150-acre free to enter site gives the opportunity to learn about Remembrance in a fun and engaging way.  
“We hope that children enjoy our half-term activities, which enable them to learn more about the memorials and wildlife onsite and put their creative talents to the test in these exciting photographic activities.”
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